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Seclusion & Restraint

Seclusion & Restraint

Why should I do it:

  • WARNING! Seclusion & Restraint should ONLY be utilized by those specifically trained and certified in the techniques, as they can cause injury and even death if performed incorrectly
  • Check with federal, state, district, and school regulations to find information about the policies and training regarding the use of seclusion and restraint
  • Seclusion and restraint should only be used when in emergency situations where the health or safety of the student or other persons are at imminent risk
  • Seclusion and restraint should only be utilized by persons specifically trained and certified in the use of the techniques

When should I do it:

  • Seclusion and restraint should only be used when in emergency situations where the health or safety of the student or other persons are at imminent risk
  • Seclusion and restraint should only be utilized by persons specifically trained and certified in the use of the techniques
  • If you are untrained and not sure what to do about a student posing a safety risk to themselves or others, immediately contact the school office and/or administrator for support
  • Be aware of and inform yourself on who in your building is certified and trained to use seclusion and restraint techniques and how to reach them in an emergency

How do I do it:

  • Seclusion and restraint should only be used when in emergency situations where the health or safety of the student or other persons are at imminent risk
  • Seclusion and restraint should only be utilized by persons specifically trained and certified in the use of the techniques
  • If you are untrained and not sure what to do about a student posing a safety risk to themselves or others, immediately contact the school office and/or administrator for support
  • Be aware of and inform yourself on who in your building is certified and trained to use seclusion and restraint techniques and how to reach them in an emergency

Resources & Support for technique:
(Items with footnotes link to external websites)


Footnotes:

  1. U.S. Department of Education. Seclusion and Restraints: SUMMARY TABLE OF SECLUSION AND RESTRAINT STATUTES, REGULATIONS, POLICIES AND GUIDANCE, BY STATE AND TERRITORIES. [http://www2.ed.gov/policy/seclusion/seclusion-state-summary.html].
  2. Jones, N. L., Feder, J. (2009). Congressional Research Service, Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress. The Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Public Schools: The Legal Issues. [http://www.spannj.org/information/CRS_Report_on_Legal_Issues_in_Seclusion_&_Restraints.pdf].
  3. Horner, R., Sugai, G., Co‐directors OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, (2009). Considerations for Seclusion and Restraint Use in School‐wide Positive Behavior Supports. [http://www.pbis.org/common/pbisresources/publications/Seclusion_Restraint_inBehaviorSupport.pdf].